Seven RISE Researchers Headed to State Science & Engineering Fair

Members of the RISE Institute presented their research at the Polk Regional Science & Engineering Fair on Thursday, February 16.  Several students earned high marks, and seven researchers will take their projects to the State competition later this spring. 

Congratulations to the following students: 

1st place and bids to the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair:

  • 6th grader Connor McLaughlin – Plant Science
  • 7th grader Breanna Newberg – Robotics and Intelligent Machines
  • 7th grader Peyton Miller – Behavioral and Social Science
  • 7th grader Cheney Curls – Physics
  • 11th graders Victoria Benson and Taylor O’Byrne – Animal Science
  • 12th grader Julia Canady – Plant Science

2nd place:

  • 6th grader Neil Dave – Chemistry
  • 10th grader Trey Russell – Biomedical and Health Science

3rd place:

  • 10th graders Tom Bowers, Rachel DiMezza, and Evan McLoughlin – Engineering 
  • 8th grader Caleb DeBoer – Physics
  • 8th grader Kari Salmon – Biomedical and Health Science

Honorable Mention:

  • 8th grader Bryce Benton – Physics
  • 7th grader Katherine Miller – Engineering 
  • 9th grader Max Drost – Computer Science
  • 6th graders Kylah Blough and Carys Wiechmann – Animal Science